Planning commissioner won't seek mayor's post
BY ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
2/25/13 at 3:15 PM
Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission member Bill Leighty announced Tuesday that he will not run for mayor.
Leighty, an outspoken critic of Mayor Dewey Bartlett who had previously said he was leaning toward joining the race, said Tuesday that he will instead support former Mayor Kathy Taylor's candidacy.
"Kathy Taylor has the leadership skills, the experience and the tireless work ethic we need to reach our destiny as a great American city," he said in a statement.
"We need a change in direction in order to seize the opportunities before us and get back on track by leveraging our assets and maximizing our potential."
Leighty, a real estate agent, said he believes that he can best serve the city by continuing his role with the planning commission and as a member of the Transportation Advisory Board.
Taylor and former City Councilor Bill Christiansen are the only announced candidates so far. Bartlett, who has said that he is still considering running for another term, has already filed the paperwork necessary to run.
The filing period is in April, followed by a primary election in June and possible runoff in August. The general election is in November.
Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission member Bill Leighty. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World File